Intern Insights: Book Clasps–Have You Hugged A Rare Book Today?

Guest post by Brenda Thompson When Brooke and I first began processing the University of Nashville collection, this 1747 book (currently uncataloged) was one of the first to capture my attention — for many reasons, including the decorative clasps: The use of clasps on books dates to a time much earlier than the 18th century,… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Paper Marbling

Guest post by Brooke Jackson Many of the books in the University of Nashville Collection that we have been cataloging feature paper marbling. This method has been used in connection with books for hundreds of years, and the technique can be traced back all the way to East Asia between the 10th and 12th centuries…. Keep Reading

The Shadow of the Sun: E.E. Barnard and the Solar Eclipse

Central Library Second Floor Gallery Opening Reception: April 7, 2:00-3:30pm In the study of astronomy and earth sciences, the Sun dominates the field in its importance to life on Earth.  The Sun provides energy to plants which provide food and oxygen, influences weather patterns in the atmosphere, and warms the surface of the planet to… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover (Part 2)

Guest Post by Brenda Thompson For this week’s post, I decided to follow up on my February 13 blog post: Don’t Judge A Book by Its Cover. In that post, I discussed this book from the University of Nashville collection:   As noted then, you can see from the photograph that the book’s spine has… Keep Reading

ART+FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

March is ART+FEMINISM and Vanderbilt Library’s having a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon! Why We Edit Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well documented: less than 10% of contributors to Wikipedia identify as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Line Engraving

Guest Post by Brooke Jackson As an intern at Vanderbilt’s Special Collections and Archives, I have come across many interesting characteristics working with rare books. One such quality is that many of the books contain beautiful pieces of artwork. The artwork typically depicts various images such as maps, portraits, animals, etc. The technique used to… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Literary Societies at the University of Nashville

Guest post by Brenda Thompson The older books that Brooke and I are processing as part of our internship this semester are part of a collection from the University of Nashville — a school to which Vanderbilt traces its roots, and which had its heyday primarily in the 1800s (it existed as a distinct entity… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Vellum

Hello! My name is Brooke Jackson and I am a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where I am majoring in Information Sciences. I have been interning at the Vanderbilt Special Collections, and during my time as an intern I have been working with rare books. Many of the books are hundreds… Keep Reading

Intern Insights: Don’t Judge A Book by its Cover

For the next several weeks, we will have guest posts written by our Special Collections interns about the projects they have worked on and the lessons they have learned. Hi!  My name is Brenda Thompson, and I am one of two University of Tennessee graduate student interns working this semester with the Vanderbilt Special Collections… Keep Reading